Editor’s Letter: May Issue

Dear Neighbours,

After a short family break in France it’s back to the grindstone, and even more so for my son who has his GCSE’s looming. All of a sudden he’s volunteering to do household chores and dog walking duties – anything to divert from his revision schedule! I’m trying not to be a nag as he has to take responsibility for his own future but his overly laid-back approach to his exams is beginning to worry me – I’ll no doubt be a nervous wreck, on his behalf, by the summer… but at least I’ll have a clean house and a well exercised dog!

Deaf Awareness Week runs from 14th to 20th May; and according to the charity Action on Hearing Loss (AOHL), in the UK 11 million of us (1 in 6) have hearing loss. That’s why Deaf Awareness Week, organised by the UK Council on Deafness and backed by many hearing loss organisations, is so vital; page 46.

The Payment Protection Insurance mis-selling scandal has resulted in billions of pounds being repaid to customers by the banks and other large financial institutions, but it’s not just PPI that can be reclaimed. We look at other potential reclaim opportunities in our finance feature on page 50.

Also this issue, we have interiors advice on making the most of a small bathroom, page 10; decorating with dark colours, page 16 and gadgets for your garden, page 30.

Motoring expert, James Baggott, reviews the lesser known Infiniti QX50, which hopes to rival the established BMW and Audi SUV’s when it is launched in the UK later this year. Find out how it compares on page 54.

Finally, five-time Tony award-winning show, Titanic The Musical, sails into Northampton’s Royal & Derngate Theatre – and we have two tickets to give away, courtesy of Royal & Derngate Theatre; competition details on page 34.

Until next month…

Zoë